Springboard+ Courses from Certificate to Masters Level


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Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2021.

Innopharma Education Springboard courses are designed to help people retrain and enter a sector of the workforce in need of qualified people. Each course offered is on a part-time basis requiring between five to six hours work per week. Springboard courses can last up-to twelve months and cover certificates up to masters level programmes.

Each course in the Springboard programme is either free or subsidised for eligible jobseekers. Currently, springboard programmes aim to help people reskill to work in financial services, business start-ups and high level manufacturing.

At Innopharma, our springboard courses provide people with the skills to start a new career in the food science, pharmaceutical or medical device sector. 

A springboard + course taking place in Innopharma Education

Why Study With Innopharma Education?

Studying at Innopharma Education gives you the skills advantage you need for a rewarding career in high-tech manufacturing in the Pharmaceutical, Medtech or Food Science industries. 

  • Closely Connected to Industry
  • Career Development Expertise
  • Flexible Learning to Suit You
  • Highly Sought After Graduates

Springboard+ Students on Innopharma Education Courses

"The lecturers are great, they realise that there are people with different backgrounds doing the course." 
Gavan Duffy, Level 7 BA in Pharmaceutical Business Operations Graduate working at Allergan

"Innopharma's given me great confidence to know that you can go from one career to a completely different career. Before I sat my exams, I had three job offers which was fantastic, so it just goes to show that it really works." 
Laura Mac Carthy, Level 6 Pharma Graduate working at Amgen  

I was made redundant and found that my skills were out of date. I decided to complete The Higher Diploma in Food Science and Technology to try to update my skills as I had previous food experience. I completed the course and have since found full time employment."
Laura O'Dricoll, Level 8 Food Science Graduate working at Irish Bacon Slicers 

“Innopharma is the first step that you need to take to get people to know you and speak with you. You will get invited to interviews which normally you would not. You get a lot of confidence from a broad spectrum of topics from customer and technical services to regulatory affairs and GMP.”  
Lukasz Luboch, Level 6 Pharma Graduate working at Trinity Biotech. 

Evaluation of Springboard+

  • 74% of all springboard participants in the last four years are no longer on the live register.
  • 45% of those who are long term unemployed (12 months or more) achieve employment or self-employment within six months of completing a springboard course.
  • 73% of 2014 graduates believed their career prospects were better after completing the course.

70% Post-Graduate Employment rate

We have an extensive network of contacts which we utilise to connect students with industry and academia. This has proven invaluable in returning students to work or those pursuing new career paths.  


Our Springboard Courses For 2021

Our courses cover the key industries of high-tech manufacturing, from certificate, to degree, to masters’ degree level.

What course is right for me?

Not sure what course is right for you, select from some basic options below to help you find your path.  

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Springboard FAQs

Where are your Springboard courses located?
Who is eligible for Springboard?

Returners: (formerly referred to as homemakers) May apply to all our courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirements and residency criteria. Course specific criteria may also apply.
People in employment: May apply for all our courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria. 
*Please note a 10% contribution fee will apply for those in employment applying for degree and masters courses. This is payable directly to Innopharma.
The unemployed & Self employed: All our courses are open to these category of applicants.  

What happens my Social Welfare assistance if I start a Springboard+ course? 

Springboard courses are part-time courses which allows you to retain your social welfare payment and continue to look for employment while studying. Different requirements apply to full-time courses. Contact your local Social welfare Office for more information. 

How do I apply to a Springboard course with Innopharma?

The quickest way to apply to a course with us is by filling out the enquiry form on the course page you are interested in. If a course is springboard funded a member of the team will guide you through the application process as required. This includes creating a springboard account and applying through springboard and Innopharma separately. 

Do Springboard courses run during the day?

Our Springboard courses are a form of blended learning. Therefore they are a mixture of online class based lectures and typically 2 Saturdays a month face-to-face lectures. This flexible learning is hugely beneficial to all.

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